In the past few weeks, for a few people, Facebook’s NewsFeed has changed completely. This redesigned new feed sorts content by type to display whatever specific feed the user wants to focus on. Some of these options include photos, music, and games. In addition, it optimizes the user interface with a design that has been “mobile-inspired.”
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the popular social networking site, said that the goal of the NewsFeed is to provide a “personalized newspaper” and said that it was redesigned to put more focus on photos and other methods of visual content sharing. He also wanted to emphasize the difference between personal stories and “updates from publications.”
Facebook is not only bringing this changed NewsFeed to the desktop, but also to its mobile apps in order to supply a uniform experience across multiple different platforms. Similar to the change from “walls” to “time-lines” that occurred a while back, this redesigned NewsFeed also serves to highlight photos and visual content. Because almost half of posts on the NewsFeed are such visual media, the Facebook team has made photos and albums larger, and they are also working to make third-party content from places such as Pinterest more attractive to users.